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Surgeon's son caught selling festival drugs

A SURGEON'S son was selling the stimulant drug BZP at a music festival so he could "make a bit of money to go on holidays".

Adham El Sayed (20) said he hoped to train as a doctor and work in the US and a drugs conviction would affect his future career.

Judge Des Zaidan ordered him to donate €10,000 to the court's poor box and said he would then consider applying the probation act.

The defendant, with an address at Belgard Walk in Tallaght, admitted before Naas District Court to possession of BZP for sale or supply.

The incident took place at the Oxegen Festival at Punchestown in July last year.

Garda Sarah Bolger said that she was on mobile patrol when she saw El Sayed acting suspiciously.

Gda Bolger said she searched the defendant, and found a plastic bag containing 16 other bags with 180 white tablets.

The tablets were analysed and were found to be the stimulant BZP, which was banned in Ireland in April 2009. Gardai said each tablet had a street value of €10.

Gda Bolger told the court El Sayed fully co-operated with the investigation, and said he was selling the drugs and also giving them away to his friends.

The defendant's lawyer described the incident as a "very foolish venture", saying El Sayed didn't make a profit from the drugs.

El Sayed's father said he couldn't believe it when he found out what his son had done, saying it was totally out of character.

The court heard that El Sayed is studying athletic training and therapy, and hopes to do post-graduate study in medicine.

His father said he wanted his son punished, but did not want it to destroy his life.

Judge Zaidan said El Sayed will need to make a substantial donation to the court's poor box to avoid a conviction.

The judge adjourned the matter until next week to allow El Sayed to donate €10,000 to the poor box.

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